I have a confession to make: I don't really do sneakers. And before you roll your eyes and dismiss me as someone who only wears high heels, let me assure you that I am all about the flats, whether it's ballet pumps, Chelsea boots, chunky loafers or brogues. Practicality has always been a priority. I admire people who manage to pull off the whole "laid-back with a sportswear twist" look, but I've always felt my best when my outfits have more polish, and that generally means a smarter shoe style.
Yet something has shifted this year. I've noticed quite a few influencers stepping out in Converse. We're not talking the skinny-jeans-and-band-tee pairings that pervaded our teenage years—rather elegant, grown-up get-ups. The effect is startlingly chic. Sporty trainers? Slightly unwieldy and aggressive-looking. Supergas? A tad too simple. Converse? They offer the perfect middle ground, as they look cool in a retro-inspired way, yet they're classic enough to go with almost everything in your wardrobe. Plus, they're just what I want to throw on when I'm popping to the shop when working from home.
Just check out the fashion people below, who wear theirs with everything from midi skirts to white jeans. Who knows? Maybe I am a trainer person after all. Scroll down to see and shop my favourite Converse outfits.
1. Straight-Leg Jeans + Breton Stripes + Polished Handbag
Style Notes: Breton stripes are still big news and manage to loan themselves perfectly to monochromatic Converse. Just add straight-leg jeans and your glossiest bag.
Style Notes: If you follow Jessica Skye (if not, you should) then you'll know she's the queen of minimalism. Illustrating how black high-tops work well with white jeans, this is an outfit anyone can copy.
3. Blazer + Wide-Leg Trousers
Style Notes: If you're avoiding jeans, wide-leg trousers are equal parts stylish and comfy. Pair yours with a blazer, basic tee and, yes, Converse for sleek day-to-day attire.
Style Notes: You can always count on Rachael to come up with new outfit combos, and this is such a vibe. I'm so into her layered look with ecru sneakers.
5. Puffball Dress + Playful Bag
Photo:The Style Stalker
Style Notes: Okay, this is officially my fave outfit. Who says Converse are just for denim? Donna Wallace makes a good case for wearing them with a statement frock in this dramatic get-up.
6. SLIP DRESS + CARDIGAN
Style Notes: High-tops can feel tricky to style if it's your first time trying them, but one foolproof way of wearing them is with a maxi dress. Make like Mira and go for a layered slip style with lashings of accessories.